Exit 22 Productions takes on another classic production
With theatre and film production being some of Capilano University’s main focuses, it comes as no surprise that the BlueShore Centre for the Performing Arts will be hosting the highly anticipated production of the classic, Thoroughly Modern Millie. The show, which will kick-off its opening night on Mar. 15, will be put on by CapU’s very own Exit 22 Productions.
Originally a 1967 movie starring the delightful Julie Andrews, later adapted in 2000 into a stage musical, the production tells the tale of Millie Dillmount, a small-town girl living in the 1920s. Millie travels to New York City in an attempt to start a new life for herself, making the decision to live “thoroughly modern”, intending to marry for money as opposed to love. Setting her sights on her new boss, trying to save her friends from a slavery ring and falling in love, Millie dives into the city head-on, all while dancing and singing along to catchy song and dance sequences.
Directed by Gillian Barber, Exit 22’s adaptation of the show will surely be astonishingly entertaining. The production company gives Musical Theatre, Acting for Stage and Screen, Costuming, and Technical Theatre students the opportunity to showcase their continuously developing talent, all while putting on multiple outstanding productions a year.
Emily Matchette, who stars as Millie Dillmount, is a third-year student of the Musical Theatre Program. Matchette is one of the many talented actors in the production, and is excited to bring her character to life. “I love Millie’s spunk and bravery. She really has this passion to go after what she wants, which I really admire,” said Matchette.
Eager to watch the original Julie Andrews film, Matchette is excited to be taking on the largest role she’s ever had in a production – launching her successful acting career.
“My parents are both in theatre and I’ve been acting for so long that it is really just a part of me. I love to tell the stories that theatre tells and the escape from this crazy world that it provides, for me being on stage and for the audience watching,” she said.
Graduating from CapU this Spring, the young actress plans to continue her education at Douglas College, as a part of their Bachelor of Performing Arts program. “A big emphasis is put on professionalism in this program,” said Matchette, discussing her time at CapU. “The Musical Theatre Program is pretty intense [in order] to get you ready for the ‘real world,’ but it has really been amazing.
“This is my second production with Exit 22 and they have both been amazing,” added Machette. “Last year, I played Berthe, one of the Kit Kat Girls, in Cabaret. Two completely different shows and characters, but both so much fun with this company. There are so many things to be excited for: the costumes, the sets, the everything!”
Exit 22 commenced the production with a set of concentrated auditions involving the preparation of songs and scenes from the show, and auditioning a dance combo choreographed by Shelley Stewart Hunt. “Auditions can get pretty stressful, but I found the Millie auditions so much fun. The style of the show is so exciting it’s impossible not to have a good time,” recalled Matchette.
The cast and crew of the production have been working as hard as ever since, preparing a top tier show, with constant, busy rehearsal periods that began on Jan. 30. “Other than reading break, it has been nonstop into the world of Thoroughly Modern Millie,” says Matchette.
Catch Exit 22’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie at The BlueShore at Cap on March 15-18 & 22-25, 2017 @ 7:30pm; March 19 & 25, 2017 @ 2pm. Tickets starting at $10.
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